Monday, June 16, 2008

No Smoke... Ocracoke. Thanks to prevailing winds, Ocracoke Island has had little impact from the smoky wild fire that has burned 42,000 acres on the eastern North Carolina mainland. Last Thursday we had a bit of smoky haze, but other than that we have been spared. Today, in fact, is bright and sunny. Temperatures dropped yesterday, so I'd say the weather is just about perfect. We even turned off the A/C at home.

I believe I'll take care of a few details (like paying bills, answering emails, and making a dental appointment), and then Lou Ann and I will head for the beach for an hour or so. The water has been almost bathtub warm, with gentle, rolling waves and no rip currents. Not so great for body surfing, but just right for relaxing.

So come on down to the island. The air is clear and clean, and the water is a sparkling turquoise hue. It doesn't get much better than this.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the brave and courageous members of the US Life Saving Service. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Keep it that way, we will be there july 5th from CT( no matter what the price of gas is )see you all then.

  2. Anonymous2:26 PM

    I just got back from traveling to Kingsport TN & Asheville NC and there is still no better place to be than Ocracoke. Mountains are beautiful but they don't hold a candle to the OBX. Was there in May & already homesick for it again. Hubby keeps telling me Oct. is not that far away. RIGHT!
    Terrie @ Walkertown NC

  3. Good to hear the smoke is not a problem for the island. We will be there July 5th and looking forward to it yet again. I have enjoyed reading the blog during the year, it makes me feel connected. Thanks for all the news of the island.
    Suzanne - Va. Beach

  4. Anonymous5:08 PM

    We'll be there Sat!!! Tightening up - only one vehicle and having to board the dog here instead of on island but still coming - couldn't survive with at least one trip. I was in Va Beach last Sat. for a Tim McGraw concert - the smoke was heavy and bothersome there - any road closure issues that anyone knows of coming through the Dismal Swamp area due to the smoke?